Atlanta Braves Freeman signs massive contract extension

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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is baseball's newest $100 million man. 

$135 million to be exact.

"I'm going to go out there and just keep trying to get better," Freeman told ESPN after agreeing to the eight year deal.

The 24-year-old All-Star is expected to be the cornerstone of a Braves offense that has ranked in the top half of the National League in runs scored and made the playoffs each of the past two years.

Freeman posted career highs in RBI (109), walks (66), batting average (.319), and on-base percentage (.396) last season, and said he is just focused on continuing to improve.

"I progressively got better the last three years. Hopefully, I can stay healthy and continue to do so. I'm not going to try to put extra pressure [on himself], just go out there and keep doing what I've been doing," said Freeman.

The eight-year deal is the largest ever given out by the Braves, topping the $90 million Chipper Jones signed in 2001. Its also the longest contract in Braves history.

The deal also comes on the heels of Atlanta signing another young All-Star to avoid salary arbitration.

Earlier in the week, Atlanta agreed to a two-year $13.3 million contract with outfielder Jason Heyward, who missed 58 games last year because of an appendectomy in the late April, and a broken jaw in July.

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